50-50 Chance Crawford Signs Early

Joe Crawford, No. 14 in TheInsidersHoops.com's pre-season Top 100, is having a tough time making decision. He's torn between Michigan and Kentucky, according to his father.

There's no guarantee that Joe Crawford, a 6-3 shooting guard out of Detroit Renaissance, reaches a decision during the early signing period. Joe's father, Joseph Crawford, Sr., says it's 50-50 whether his son decides.

"It's a gut feeling for him," Crawford's father said. "I don't know. I myself think he should hold off at this point because he's not really sure. I don't know how much that would hurt him. People are signing and making commitments. They can't wait."

Specifically, Michigan and Kentucky would like to know. Those are Crawford's finalists.

"It's hard for him to make a decision between Michigan and Kentucky. There's some things he likes about Michigan. He wants to be part of their resurgence. He thinks he can help them. He likes Tommy Amaker.

"He sees the opportunity at Kentucky; it's probably a better opportunity early at Kentucky. They're losing like 3-4 wing players. I think he'll be needed more there."

Still, the elder Crawford can best handicap his son's early signing at 50-50.

"Michigan has been very patient. I don't know how much longer these schools can wait."

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